Grade 6

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 Project-based learning!

Students build their autonomy and explore topics through inquiry-based learning and STEM activities.

English Language Arts:

Texts from different genres and periods are introduced. After reading Bud, Not Buddy, students reflect on their life experiences and write their own set of rules to live by. They will also study editorials and how they convey opinions, culminating in writing not only their own editorial, but also an opposing editorial. This exercise introduces them to the art of creating a sound argument.

Science:

In Grade 6, the focus is on Earth Sciences. Students study the nature of Science, measurement, data collection and analysis, and engineering design principles as a foundation for conducting scientific investigations. Earth Science topics such as astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology are explored through inquiry-based learning and STEM activities that encourage scientific thought.

Social Studies:

Students are captivated by the past as they study ancient civilizations that include Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and the Roman Empire, as well as early Asian, American, and African Empires; Europe’s Dark Ages through the Renaissance and Reformation; and on into the Age of Enlightenment. Students create an interactive exhibit comparing and contrasting the ways knowledge and opinions were disseminated during the Renaissance/Reformation as compared to modern day.

Math:

Students draw on problem-solving skills and prior knowledge to develop an understanding of numbers and operations, compare numbers with percent's and ratio's, write and evaluate algebraic expressions, study the area of triangles and other polygons, and summarize data distributions. Students learn by planning an event where they must create a menu, determine quantities based on the number of attendees, and then calculate pay rate, sales tax, and gratuity.

Electives:

Calvert offers a range of electives to keep middle-schoolers curious and engaged. Students learn about different cultures and eras through the study of world languages, art, and art history. They have the opportunity to explore careers and acquire new skills. Then, students can take their learning outdoors to practice the health and fitness strategies they’ve learned.

Art and Art History 6: Sculpture
In this course, students study Egyptian line drawing, soft-dough sculpture, relief sculpture and symmetry. Lessons are coordinated with Art History—in which students learn about the sculpture of ancient times all the way through present day.

Art and Art History 7: Architecture
Students apply concepts from Art History to incorporate what they have learned about trilithons and step pyramids to design various buildings and structures.

Spanish A
Students begin their introduction to Spanish by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students should expect to be actively engaged in their own language learning, become familiar with common vocabulary terms and phrases, and comprehend a wide range of grammar patterns.

Spanish B
Spanish B students participate in simple conversations and respond appropriately to basic conversational prompts. They will analyze and compare cultural practices, products, and perspectives of various Spanish-speaking countries. Students take frequent assessments to monitor their language progression.

French A
Students begin their introduction to French by focusing on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Class discussions provide an opportunity for discourse using newly acquired French speaking skills. The Audio Recording Tool enables students to learn a critical skill for French: listening and speaking.

French B
In French B, students learn personal greetings and continue through practical communications exchanges. French B introduces students to the skills necessary to make the most of traveling to French-speaking countries.

Middle School Career Explorations
In this course, students explore career options in many different fields including business, health Science, public administration, the arts, and information technology.

Middle School Journalism
Who? What? When? Where? Why? And how? Journalism provides us with the answers to these questions about the events that affect our lives. In this course, students will learn how to gather information, organize ideas, format stories for different forms of news media, and edit their stories for publication. The course will also examine the historical development of journalism and the role of journalism in society.

Middle School Photography
Drawing with Light This course introduces students to the basics of photography, including camera functions and photo composition. Students will learn how to take well composed photographs and improve upon them using photo-editing software. Young photographers will engage their creativity by shooting a range of subjects and learning to see the world through the lens of their camera.

Middle School Health
Beginning with properly defining health, this course then builds upon basic health practices to emphasize the importance of balance. Attention is given to each of the six dimensions of wellness: physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own personal wellness each week.

Fitness Basics 1
Students will gain a basic understanding of fitness and nutrition. In this course, they will learn about exercise technique, proper posture, and the importance of warming up and cooling down. Students conduct fitness assessments, set goals, develop their own fitness program, and participate in weekly physical activity.

Fitness Basics 2
This course provides students with a basic understanding of the importance of staying active throughout their lifetime. Students will learn about exercise safety, team and individual sports, nutrition and myths, and misperceptions about nutrition and drugs.

Course content subject to change.